Sunday, February 15, 2015

The State of the Climate: Scientists on the Hottest Year 2014

As we keep injecting more fossil fuel carbon into the atmosphere earth grows hotter. The oceans expand due to that same heat. Catastrophe looms for us. If we reduce our fossil fuel emissions we can 'buy' ourselves some time.
As for our children, we keep gambling their future away.
Surely, we can do better by them.
Can't we?

The State of the Climate: Scientists on the Hottest Year:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOULD YOU FRACK YOUR OWN MOTHER?

One image, one plea, one question, and a crime against Nature, but considering the dire threat of human forced climate change from carbon -- a crime against Humanity.

DO NOT FRACK ME.

 WOULD YOU FRACK YOUR OWN MOTHER?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Questioning Today's Arctic and Northern Hemisphere's Weather, October 18,2014



Pioneering seismologist Robert Mallet, in his 'Manual of Scientific Inquiry' circa 1860, gave us a phrase I much admire. As part of his report to the British Admiralty, he wrote that, " Nature, rightly questioned, never lies." He was emphasizing that, "All evidence should, as far as possible, be circumstantial". And that each situation investigated had its own unique physical conditions, in its own location, and in own time, etc.
My present day concerns about the present condition, and influences, on weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere, where I reside, cause me to look closely, and ask questions about the following subject.
The upper image is a screenshot from Oct. 18, 2014  Nullschool shows anticyclonic (clockwise) high pressure winds over the Arctic Ocean. It appears to be pushing air through the Bering Strait, and feeding the (counter-clockwise) winds of a wide area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska. A high just to the west of this low seems to be receiving some of the air from the Arctic high. Meanwhile,  a smaller area of cyclonic winds sits in the western Bering Sea -- and seems to be getting some of the same wind.
The energy from these weathers are now linked together to form a chain of energy.



The lower image is a screenshot of the Oct. 18, 2014  ClimateReanalyzer Air Temperature Anomaly. A large mass of warm, or hot, air is over the Laptev Sea in the Arctic. This warmth is also part of the above mentioned anticyclonic high pressure pattern.
How much of this warm Arctic air anomaly became entrained in the low pressure air mass in the, struggling just to be cool, Gulf of Alaska?
And what chance does the  Arctic have to keep cold and retain its ice?
And what chance does the Arctic have to keep cold and retain its ice? And what of the jet stream, and its role as deliverer of our weather systems?

These questions are likely to be answered by nature whether I ask them or not.


Originally posted on DTLANGE2


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Urban Trees Portland Oregon


- Urban Trees Portland Oregon
On my daily walks through my surrounding neighborhoods, I keep finding tree and shrub leaves that look burned, scorched, or cooked. Others have dead-falls of leaves, fruits, or blossoms. Flowers are droopy and discolored as they sit on the plant.
Many appear to have been chemically embalmed, or have had their growth and vibrancy suddenly arrested. The ground is often littered with deeply tanned foliage that is not decomposing.
Some have dead leaves or flowers of a deep tan color that are still attached to the tree or plant.
Trees capture air pollution. 
The radiant heat from the sun can act like a furnace, and cook any chemicals from pollution that sits on exposed foliage. 
Plants and human are harmed by air pollution.
As well as air pollution, there are natural causes, and climate change to consider.


















 PHOTOS: DT Lange

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fireworks Air Pollution Spikes in USA Post 4th of July

The animation below shows the accumulation of fine particulate (PM2.5) after Independence Day fireworks set off on the night of July 4. In addition to the day long pollution from the barbeque grills and holiday car trips.
The timeline begins in the early hours of July 5, with orange and red colored unhealthy levels continuing through the still night. Many of these metro areas in the Midwest, East and Southeast recently had their air basins flushed clean by winds or rain.

Source: airnow.gov

Testimonials: 
Air Quality Advisory Issued For Smoke and Ozone For July 4 Through July 5 Due to Fireworks
- Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) is issuing an advisory that will be in effect from Friday, July 4, through Saturday, July 5, for potentially elevated levels of smoke and ozone over the Independence Day holiday due to local fireworks.  Air Quality officials say smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation.
Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010
- “Just by the nature of how the standard works, you’d see a spike, you could clearly see a lot of PM in the air, on our monitoring data around 9, 10, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00,” he said. “And then it dissipates as people go to bed and they stop shooting fireworks off.” 
Fireworks' 'recreational pollution' makes environmentalists fume
- Fourth of July on the Washington Mall, New York Harbor and countless other cities and towns throughout the US...
... the British medical journal The Lancet points out the "great consequences for health, especially in periods with extremely high particulate matter less than PM2.5 in diameter."
For all their dazzling geometry and stirring booms and crackles, fireworks deliver a smorgasbord of grim chemicals into the skies above.
Perchlorate, the chief propellant, contaminates the ground and water below. It inhibits the thyroid's absorption of iodine...
That brilliant green blossoming above is created with barium nitrate, which is not only radioactive and poisonous...
 Blues are made with copper compounds like polychlorinated dioxins...
The brilliant whites sparkling above are most likely brought courtesy of aluminum compounds, which also bioaccumulate in any living thing below...
 Reds can come from lithium, which is toxic and creates irritating fumes when burned, or strontium...
Add to the palette painting the night sky antimony, rubidium, arsenic, magnesium, potassium nitrate and lead, each producing its twist or effect...
There are also the gaseous by products to be considered. Studies have found spikes in free radical nitric oxide, the highly toxic nitrogen dioxide and acid rainmaker sulfur dioxide following firework shows. Another study found that the ultraviolet light emitted by the flashing light triggers a burst in ozone levels.